WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006
|WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006|
Also known as: Exciting Pro Wrestling 7 (JP)
WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006 introduced the General Manager mode and saw the start of the infamous Undertaker Curse; Eddie Guerrero died several days after the game was released, where the season mode featured a cutscene of casket match which the Latino Heat lost to 'Taker. It was also the last game in the series published by Yuke's under the Exciting Pro Wrestling banner in Japan, as that turned out to be a legal headache for all parties involved.
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There were 15 characters removed from this game. Throughout the series, the roster would be updated for each game with each character being assigned their own character slot. This included non playable characters as well. Instead of replacing removed characters, the game developers simply created new character slots for new models in later games. Data relating to removed characters would be deleted, but the character slot would remain. These were referred to as "No Models" by the modding community, simply because there was no character model assigned to these character slots. In most cases, the No Model character slots are the locations for characters that featured in WWE SmackDown vs. Raw, but not in this game. One example is that The Rock is always assigned the first slot in this series, even in 2009, where he isn't playable.
Unlike later games in the series, character information was not completely removed from the No Model slots. They still have full attributes and complete move sets listed. The No Model slots correspond to Matt Hardy (who was suspended for a while due to Edge/Lita affair incident; he was quickly reinstated but not in time for inclusion), Bubba Ray Dudley, D-Von Dudley (both which left the company during development, although Spike Dudley remained despite also leaving the company at the same time), Animal, Hawk, Victoria, Brock Lesnar, Roddy Piper, Maven, Stephanie McMahon, Luther Reigns and Kenzo Suzuki. Lesnar is arguably the most complete, as he also has animation for VS screen and entrance, the latter available for custom wrestlers.
Interestingly, there are three additional No Model slots with move sets for characters already in the game: Mr. America, a character that Hulk Hogan disguised himself as for a time during his brief WWE return as part of a storyline and was removed at Hogan's own request, a second Kane slot based on his Legend (Masked) persona last seen in WWE SmackDown vs. Raw (now a costume for his current self) with slightly different attributes but an identical move set, and one containing British Bulldog's attributes and move set. This slot was intended for British Bulldog for the previous game's roster but wasn't implemented properly due to the developers being unable to resolve licensing issues on time.
Strangely, the second of the 15 No Model slots (which was formerly Jeff Hardy's slot) seems to be for a fictional character. His move set is quite unique and uses moves that are not used by any WWE performer at the time. He also has very high attributes, being the only character to have an Overall rating of 109 (exceeding the 99 maximum). In later games, this specific character slot would be used instead for additional AI data that related to all male characters.
Also in the game are 6 unused announcer introductions for Maven, Kenzo Suzuki and Mr. America. They consist of a short version where only their name is announced, and a longer version which includes their weight and home town. This is the only reference to Suzuki in the entire series as many of his trademark moves and mannerisms would never be included. (Kenzo did appear in WWE Day of Reckoning 2.)
There are characters which are not normally playable that can be unlocked through hacking, said characters usually appearing in some of the Career Mode's cutscenes as well as staff characters during matches. Some of them even have selection screen images. In most cases, they all have a generic move set and basic attributes (0.5 for all categories) although Tazz, Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler (all of which even have entrance music and videos for use with created wrestlers) all have unique attributes and move sets.
The Japanese release has no online multiplayer.
Exclusive to the PlayStation Portable version of the game is the Arcade Mode, which contains three minigames: Texas Hold'Em, Eugene Airplane Race (a game where you must control Eugene from the entrance stage to the ring in time), and WWE Game Show (a trivia consisting of questions relating to WWE-related things that appear in the game), as well as addition of Jake "The Snake" Roberts to the Shopzone; Roberts can be transferred to the PlayStation 2 version of the game by connecting the PSP version of the game to the PS2 counterpart.